Star-Bulletin Sports

Tuesday, April 23, 2002



Hawaii door
revolving with recruits

Kuebler arrives on campus
for the first of his 3 visits

By Cindy Luis

The revolving door known as campus visits has been in heavy use by the Hawaii basketball team.

Michael Kuebler, a 6-foot-5 guard out of Clackamas (Ore.) Community College, arrived yesterday. The former teammate of UH guard Mark Campbell said Hawaii is his top choice.

Kuebler is making the first of three campus visits. He said Furman and Boise State have also shown interest.

This past season at Clackamas, the sophomore from Salem, Ore., averaged 25 points and five assists as a point guard/wing. He also shot 45 percent from 3-point range.

Kuebler is the third recruit to visit in the last 10 days. Vaidotas Peciukas, a 6-6 guard from Weatherford (Texas) CC, returned to Texas on Sunday.

Peciukas, from Lithuania, spent the weekend in Hawaii and attended the Wahine softball doubleheader against Fresno State on Friday. He averaged more than 25 points for the Coyotes as a freshman this past season and was named to the NJCAA All-Region V team.

Hawaii coach Riley Wallace had originally hoped to bring in Peciukas following his sophomore season, but after other schools began contacting the high-scoring guard, the Rainbows offered him a recruiting trip.

Peciukas is an NCAA qualifier and is eligible to transfer into a Division I school as a sophomore, much like former Rainbow wing Micah Kroeger did in the 1990s.

Peciukas' Weatherford teammate Emigijus Lukosius, a 6-6 forward also from Lithuania, visited two weeks ago. Lukosius was also an All-Region V pick as a sophomore this year and a second-team NJCAA All-American.

The Hawaii coaches are apparently all very high on these three players, but the Rainbows have just two scholarships remaining. Jason Carter, a 5-10 point guard out of Barton (Kan.) Community College and Dane Dmitrovic, a 6-9 forward from Vrhnika, Slovenia, who will come in as a freshman, have already signed with UH.

Lukosius reportedly would like to be part of a package deal with his girlfriend, Lithuanian Zaneta Drungilaite, who is a 6-3 forward at Weatherford. Hawaii has made two previous such arrangements with Lithuanian players, with Nerijus and Dainora Puida (1999-2001) and Mindaugas Burneika and Janka Gabrielova (2000-2002).

Schedule not set: Associate head coach Bob Nash is still working on the schedule for the coming season. He is working on filling out the Rainbow Classic field and needs three more teams to commit.

Colorado, Butler, Texas Pan-American, Western Kentucky, and UH are already in the field.

UH Athletics

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